As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun and the stresses of life can be displayed on their face and neck. Sagging of the cheeks and loss of muscle tone become apparent. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth. The jaw line grows slack and jowls begin to form. Folds, bands and fat deposits appear around the neck.
The traditional facelift (technically known as as a rhytidectomy) and necklift is a surgical procedure that is performed to combat the stigmata of facial aging. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results. A facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process. The goal is to “set back the clock” improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles and redraping the skin of the face and neck. The facelift may be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as forehead lift or eyelid surgery.
The decision to have a facelift is extremely personal. Our plastic surgeons will discuss if the procedure is appropriate for you. A review of the procedure itself, its goals, the anticipated post-operative course, as well as potential complications will be presented. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
The results will likely be long-lasting. The procedure will also help you feel more confident about yourself. A healthy lifestyle and life-long sun protection will help you maintain your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.